The iconic racing name of Brabham is back – and it’s caused quite a stir with the reveal of its first supercar, the stunning BT62.
Powered by a 5.4-litre V8 engine producing 700bhp it will strictly only be allowed for use on the track. Priced at £1 million and restricted to a production run of just 70, it’s certainly not a cheap or readily-available runaround.
Designed and built in Adelaide, it is unquestionably the most glorious vehicle to come from down under this year – arguably ever.
Brabham’s back: This is the new Australian Brabham BT62 supercar – a £1million track-only stunner that’s adorned in its home nation’s iconic colours of green and gold
The BT62 is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.4-litre V8 engine that produces 700bhp
During its spell in F1 between the years of 1962 and 1992 the Brabham team won 35 races, four drivers’ championships and two constructors’ titles.
The first of the manufacturer’s titles was won by founder Jack Brabham himself in 1966, making him the first and only driver to win an F1 race and championship using a car he produced.
The feat was the third (and final) Grand Prix title for the Australian and cemented the name in motor racing folklore.
This new – non-road-legal – creation celebrates his ’66 title-winner and was launched this week at a glitzy London event finished in the same green and gold paint job that adorned his racer 52 years ago.
And it could well spell the return to competition for the name, with talk of the BT62 being readied for a Le Mans 24 Hour race assault in the GTE class.
That’s something boss David Brabham – son of Jack – knows plenty about.
His brother Geoff won the Le Mans endurance race in 1992 for Peugeot and David himself emulated the feat by taking the chequered flag for the same French manufacturer in 2009 alongside Marc Gene and Alex Wurz.
Brabham boss David Brabham – son of founder and former F1 champion Jack – unveiled the vehicle at a glitzy London event on Wednesday
Just 70 examples will be built, the first half of which will only be available in this colour celebrating Jack Brabham’s title-winning year of 1966
Inside the cockpit is finished in carbon fibre and Alcantara material. The instrument cluster is a massive digital display and the button-laden steering wheel is removable
The styling is aggressive to say the least. The massive rear wing can generate 1,200kg of downforce and the carbon splitter is enormous
The £1 million Brabham weighs around the same as an £8,500 VW city car
The BT62 moniker follows the BT61 name given to the 1993 F1 car that was designed but never built when the team decided to pull out of the series.
Today’s unveiling makes me feel incredibly proud as the Brabham legacy enters a new era
David Brabham, Managing Director of Brabham Automotive
The first 35 – half of the production run – built at the car maker’s facility in Adelaide, South Australia will be exclusively finished in the team’s livery as a tribute to its Grand Prix victories while the remaining models will be finished to the customer’s order.
The mid-engine supercar has all the ingredients to be a savage track weapon that will also be capable of taking on the might of the FIA GTE series, which is currently dominated by Aston Martin V12 Vantages, Ferrari 488s, Ford GTs and Porsche 911 RSRs.
The BT62 features aerodynamic carbon fibre bodywork, including a huge rear wing that can generate as much as 1,200kg in downforce to pin it to the track in high-speed turns.
Also round the back is a carbon rear splitter and twin exhaust outlets.
David Brabham said the arrival of the BT62 is a ‘simply staggering’ achievement for the Australian manufacturer
Can you see the likeness? Jack Brabham at the Dutch Grand Prix in 1966 (left) and the new BT62 on the right
The track-only supercar has been undergoing testing in Australia ahead of its release and a potential return to the race track on a competitive level
With David and brother Geoff both winning at the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race in the past, there’s much talk that the BT62 could make an appearance in the race in the coming years
Under the gorgeous bodywork is a tubular metallic chassis, more lashings of carbon fibre and a race-engineered suspension and steering system.
Combined, the entire car tips the scales at just 972kg.
That’s less than a VW Up! city car and a shade better than the 1,200kg of the forthcoming McLaren Senna, which undoubtedly will be one of the Brabham’s main rivals when it comes to orders.
With the 5.4-litre naturally aspirated V8 motor at its hearts, it’s slightly down on the twin-turbo 789bhp of the McLaren.
However, we can’t confirm if it will be slower as performance stats have yet to be revealed for the Aussie beauty.
The Brabham BT62 weighs in at just 972kg. That’s around the same as a VW Up! city car, pictured right
If the Brabham was to compete at Le Mans many expect it to feature in the GTE series, which is currently made up of Aston Martins, BMWs, Ferraris and Porsches
Green and gold: There’s no question that this is one of the best looking cars to ever come out of Australia
Clamber inside the lightweight track car and you’re met with a blend of carbon-fibre and Alcantara that covers the cabin.
In true F1-inspired fashion the button-laden rectangular steering wheel is removable and the instrument cluster is a 12-inch digital display.
The seats are also made from lightweight carbon and six-point harnesses should keep owners in place when they take the vehicle to the circuit for a day.
First deliveries should arrive with customers later this year – granted they’ve fronted the £1 million asking price.
First deliveries should arrive with customers later this year, granted they’ve fronted the £1 million asking price
Racing driver David Brabham with his father and former world champion racing driver Jack Brabham
Speaking on Thursday, boss David Brabham said: ‘My father had an incredible determination to succeed and, like him, I’ve worked tirelessly through this time, drawing on my experience as a racing driver, leader and mentor, never once losing sight of that goal’
Just 35 of the 70-vehicle production run will be available in customer-ordered colours, like the two examples seen here
Speaking at the launch on Wednesday evening, managing director David Brabham said: ‘I set out 12 years ago to re-establish the iconic Brabham name, determined to see it return to global competition.
‘My father had an incredible determination to succeed and, like him, I’ve worked tirelessly through this time, drawing on my experience as a racing driver, leader and mentor, never once losing sight of that goal.
‘It’s been challenging at times, but what we have achieved is simply staggering.
‘Today’s unveiling makes me feel incredibly proud as the Brabham legacy enters a new era.’
During its spell in F1 between the years of 1962 and 1992 the Brabham team won 35 races, four drivers’ championships and two constructors’ titles
Buyers of the new Mclaren Senna (right) might want to think twice about their order having seen the new Australian stunner
As well as winning at Le Mans, David Brabham also had a stint in F1. He’s been testing the new BT62 ahead of the launch
Will we see Brabham being competitive on the race track again soon? Only time will tell
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